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Address: Heliport, Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-246-0136
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Our flight over the volcano was one of the highlights of our 2 week Hawaii holiday. We took our 5 your old son up for his birthday and he loved it. The day before we had walked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Our flight over the volcano was one of the highlights of our 2 week Hawaii holiday. We took our 5 your old son up for his birthday and he loved it. The day before we had walked through the national park and through the crater walk - so to get another perspective from above was awesome. Superb value - and... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was an amazing experience that I highly recommend for anyone. I'm a bit of a geology buff and since I live in Maui, I'm all about the volcanoes, but this was my first time actually seeing flowing molten lava. When we checked in for our flight the family staff was very knowledgeable professional and a real delight to work... More 

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We drove 2 hours from Kona to Hilo for this once in a lifetime opportunity - we were very disappointed that they canceled our flight due to inclement weather but I would like to thank them for being open, honest and advising us that we would not have seen much in the drizzle and the ladies on duty were polite,... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was my second trip with Safari helicopters having taken the same trip last year. I was somewhat disappointed this year as we made only one pass over the Pu' O' o vent and then spent the rest of the time following the flow to Pahoa and then on to look at some waterfalls nearer to Hilo. I would have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My husband and I did the Deluxe Volcano Waterfall Safari and we were not disappointed! We knew that seeing lava activity can be a bit hit and miss and were prepared to not see anything at all but I think the Lava Gods decided to put on a show for our 10th wedding anniversary! There had been good lava activity... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I had been looking forward to doing this flight for months, and was not disappointed. Our pilot Paul was experienced and highly knowledgeable of the history and up to date happenings. With all of these things you cannot control the weather or volcanos, the unusually dry season is not helping the water flow at the waterfalls, and the lava was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It was a unique experience flying over an active volcano. The pilot had a lot of information and history for us. Unfortunately, it was delivered in a very bland manner, he sounded bored. Also, we saw several other helicopters much closer to the volcano than we were. We thought he would circle down, but never did. Also, we got there... More 

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We flew with Safari in February. It was our first time in a helicopter, and Paul, our pilot, was great. He told us everything about the area, we got a good view of the volcano, and he even made a circle around for us to see Rainbow Falls. The ride itself was a bucket list adventure, and we were glad... More 

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Paul M, Chief Pilot at Safari Helicopter Tours, responded to this review

Since nobody flies helicopter tours at night, there is no “best time” to see the lava flow. As soon as the lava comes to the surface it starts to solidify and turns a silvery color. Unless there is a cloudy overcast, this is what you will see. We never guarantee what you will or not see since we are not... More 

Bethune, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was on my bucket list and it was wonderful. Our pilot, Gardner was friendly and professional. You could tell he really loved this island and its volcanoes, I am hard to impress, but I was impressed. This was well worth the money. There is no other way possible to see glowing lava right now. Words can not describe the... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Safari offered a free shuttle from our Pride of America cruise ship. Check in was easy and stress free and boarding the clean and well-maintained helicopter was a smooth process. Paul is an expert pilot who put any fears I had of flying away. Flying around the venting volcano and observing the gray "lava fingers" (paths that the lava had... More 

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